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Monday’s Morning Email: ‘Bipartisan Anger’ Growing Over Reported Russian Interference

TOP STORIES A ‘BIPARTISAN ANGER’ IS GROWING OVER REPORTS OF RUSSIAN INFLUENCE IN ELECTION President-elect Donald Trump has called the reports that the CIA believes Russia was trying to help Trump win the White House “ridiculous.” But a group of senators on both sides of the aisle disagree with the president-elect’s sentiments. And in case you missed it over the weekend, Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson is expected to be named the next secretary of state. [Amanda Terkel, HuffPost]
A GRAPHICAL LOOK AT THE DEADLIEST FIRE IN RECENT YEARS Inside the horrific Oakland warehouse fire. [NYT]
THE WINTER WEATHER IS NOT COOPERATING Over 1,400 flights were canceled Sunday in the winter cold snap, and conditions are expected to get worse this week. [CNN]
THE CATASTROPHIC MISSES IN NEWBORN SCREENING “Newborn screening is heralded as a lifesaver for about 12,000 babies in the United States each year. And it is, but no one wants to talk about the kids whose conditions are missed.” [Journal Sentinel]
MEET TRUMP’S WHITE HOUSE CONSUL Donald McGahn is about to inherit quite the doozy of a task. [NYT]
TURNS OUT DEMOCRATS AREN’T TOO JAZZED UP ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE PARTY Twas a long year. But hey, Joe Biden keeps throwing out 2020…

Saudi Arabian Family at Center of Domestic Violence Scandal Gave Keith Ellison Thousands

The four sons of a Saudi Arabian billionaire—including one who was recently convicted for assaulting his wife—have all contributed thousands to Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.), who is one of the frontrunners to become the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
The post Saudi Arabian Family at Center of Domestic Violence Scandal Gave Keith Ellison Thousands appeared first on Washington Free Beacon. …

Does the WWII Internment of Japanese-Americans Provide a Model for an American Fascism Under Trump? In this week’s episode of Scheer Intelligence, Robert Scheer sits down with fellow USC Annenberg School for Communication professor Richard Reeves. Reeves, a longtime journalist, recently published a new book, Infamy: The Shocking Story of Japanese American Internment in World War II. Using this knowledge, Reeves examines the parallels between president-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric and that used to justify the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. “What does this election mean for the country? Are we opening the doors to a kind of fascism?” Scheer asks Reeves. “With Trump, we’re in uncharted waters,” Reeves says. “He’s a hyperactive kid who’s lived in a bubble for his whole life.” The two also compare journalistic practices from the two eras, and Reeves argues that contemporary journalists didn’t take Trump seriously during the primaries and that this contributed to his success. Listen to the full interview below: Adapted from — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. …

It’s 2016. Do You Know Where Your Bombs Are Falling?

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The long national nightmare that was the 2016 presidential election is finally over. Now, we’re facing a worse terror: the reality of a Trump presidency. Donald Trump has already promised to nominate a segregationist attorney general, a national security adviser who is a raging Islamophobe, a secretary of education who doesn’t believe in public schools, and a secretary of defense whose sobriquet is “Mad Dog.” How worried should we be that General James “Mad Dog” Mattis may well be the soberest among them?
Along with a deeply divided country, the worst income inequality since at least the 1920s, and a crumbling infrastructure, Trump will inherit a 15-year-old, apparently never-ending worldwide war. While the named enemy may be a mere emotion (“terror”) or an incendiary strategy (“terrorism”), the victims couldn’t be more real, and as in all modern wars, the majority of them are civilians.
On how many countries is U.S. ordnance falling at the moment? Some put the total at six; others, seven. For the record, those seven would be Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, and, oh yes, Yemen.
The United States has been directing drone strikes against what it calls al-Qaeda targets in Yemen since 2002, but our military involvement…

John Bolton Apparently Believes CIA May Have Fabricated Russia Election Hack

As he questioned whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election, one of Donald Trump’s reported top picks for Secretary of State decided to float his theory that the hack on the Democratic National Committee was a “false flag” operation concocted by President Obama. …

Focus on the bricks, not the wall if you want better government

“The people are revolting”, goes the classic gag in Mel Brook’s History of the World Part I. Well, they are certainly angry, distrustful and fed up. When the Open Government Partnership was founded five years ago, it seemed that a glorious new era of responsive government was upon us. Instead, government seems increasingly out of touch with its citizens. In Europe and Central Asia, one out of three people see corruption as a key problem facing government. Yet, while political elites (rightly) panic and soul search, thousands of public servants are quietly toiling away to improve the basic functions of government, trying to modernize and update citizen services. Their days aren’t filled with drama or the sugar rush of ‘post truth’ politics. Rather they are thinking about the basic building blocks of the state and its provision of services, trying to work out the best way to spend government’s often dwindling public resources. Contracting with private companies comprises about a third of government spending, a whopping US$9.5 trillion every year. It may not be a topic to immediately set the pulse racing but it is where government spending either does, or does not, get converted into tangible benefits such as roads, schools or…

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia: Vladimir Putin Wanted ‘Revenge’ on Hillary Clinton

While discussing Russia’s supposed interference in the 2016 election on Sunday, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia said that one of President Vladimir Putin’s top motivations was a thirst for vengeance against Hillary Clinton. …